Just received a new Air, should I keep it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Syvere, May 17, 2012.

  1. Syvere macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2008
    So I went ahead and ordered a new 1.8 GHz i7 256GB 13" Air that arrived yesterday. It's still nicely on it's box unopened, because I'm debating if I should return it or not and wait for the fall for the new ones. On one hand I don't have urgent need for it, but on the other hand the new ones offer no real upgrades apart from maybe the new intel hd graphics. Retina display is a gimmick as the screen is apparently very good already and I have U2711 at home which I will use on Air nonetheless when I'm at home.
  2. Oli3000 macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2009
    If it comes out in 3 weeks at WWDC, your 'new' one drops 20% in value, and whether you say you need the updates or not, they're nice to have?

    I'd wait if you don't need it right now.

    Of course it's more likely to be 8 weeks before the update, but still....
  3. shinobi-81 macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2012
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    Syvere thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2008
    No one ever -needs- a mac, everything can be done without one on a PC or get done somewhere else. So no.


    That actually depends on what the updates are. I certainly didn't want the move from Nvidia GPUs to Intel graphics. It's also possible Apple won't be offering i7 variants anymore which would make the update a downgrade like happened with early vs late 2011 macbook pros.
  5. Oli3000 macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2009
    Then you just buy a refurb? And save some money!
  6. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    Worst case scenario is if you don't like the changes in the new model you can buy this one in a few weeks for 15-20% less.

    So you either save a couple of hundred or you get a better machine for the same money. Either way you win.
  7. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    If you're already having these thoughts, you didn't need it in the first place.

    Impulse buys never work out.
  8. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Advantages of returning/waiting:
    • New MBA - Ivy Bridge CPU with HD4000 GPU, USB 3.0, possible HD FaceTime camera, possible Retina display, possible equal or longer battery life
    • 2011 MBA - Price goes down, refurbs get cheaper, etc.

    Advantages of not returning/waiting:
    • Immediate use of MBA

    So since you said you didn't really need it right away, I think you already have your answer...
  9. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    Retina is a gimmick?

    Stunning,gorgeous,yes but a gimmick.
    It has more pixels than my 55" Samsung LED, it is high res perfection.
    I take it you have never seen one, nor used one for photos.
    If you don't want one, so be it, but don't knock it for what you "think" you know:rolleyes:
  10. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    I see so many of these threads. I have to wonder why these considerations were not made prior to purchase.
  11. shinobi-81 macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2012
    Buyer's remorse usually kicks in some time after the purchase.
  12. RobbyIdol macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    Oi vey...

    I love the amount of people who buy new computers without knowing if they really "need" or even want them. I long for the day that I have that kind of disposable income! :rolleyes:
  13. Syvere thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2008
    Neither do people "need" the updates/downgrades. Macbooks are selling well and people are happy with the current models at least here in Finland.

    I'm also happy with the purchase, but since we don't know when the update is going to be or what it'll have you naturally get a nagging feeling. Most people don't even know about any refreshes.
  14. RobbyIdol macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    Believe me, I understand. I'm itching every week to pick up a 13" 256GB MBA. But I'm waiting to see if the refresh is hitting store in a month. If not, I'm buying the current model, no regrets. I just manage that nagging feeling WITHOUT buying a laptop in the meantime ;)
  15. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    opened or not you still get only 14 calendar days to return.

    So fire it up, return, wait for announced specs, then decide which one to get
  16. solderguy1 macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2012
    Deja Vu, I remember seeing all these posts from May-July last year right before the last refresh. Never thought so much could be written about a lighted keyboard feature.
  17. JasonR macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2008
    Or at least a leak, or something!! I'm in the same spot. Almost toying with buying an iPad to hold me over...but meh I don't want to lose money on the ipad either!
  18. Syvere thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2008
    Well, that was a easy choice. The Air won't charge out of the box.

    Good quality assurance right there Apple. And there I thought my bad luck of switching MBP 7 times previously and iPad 2 five times was just a case of bad batch.
  19. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    He's not looking to sell it for profit, but use it. Even when the new models come out, this model won't suddenly slow down or stop working.

    OP, if you can live without a laptop for a few weeks, then return it, otherwise keep it and enjoy the laptop and not worry about the future.
  20. scarred macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2011
    You answered your own question with this statement. If you don't need it, the most sensible thing is to return it.

    I disagree with you putting me into your bucket though. My macbook air is my exclusive computing device.
  21. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    First, if you are questioning before you even open it, you shouldn't keep it. Second - there is no way in hell you received 7 bad MBPs and 5 bad ipads and a bad Air. You have to be making this up or be so incredibly focused on the smallest "defect" that you won't be happy with any product.
  22. Higgs1 macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Truth.........12 bad products, seriously? That doesn't add up
  23. rw3 macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2008
    DFW, TX
    Apple will extend their return policy from 14 days to 30 days normally when new products are released. They have always done this for me on iPads and also on some of their Mac line....
  24. RobbyIdol macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    Ha no kidding. If anyone experienced even HALF of that amount of Mac issues, I would never blame them for going back to Windows for life. I mean REALLY. :rolleyes:
  25. Syvere thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2008
    I wish I were joking or exaggerating, unfortunately I'm not. Apple did make up for the bad luck streak and gave me a free 16gb iPod nano after the 4th iPad 2. And MBPs they exchanged for new ones eventhough I didn't buy it from Apple. Customer service is exceptional and they really stand behind their products, but this bad luck keeps plaguing me. On other hand I had no problems with iPhone 3G and 3GS nor my new iPod Classic and the nano.

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